SAN DIEGO -- March 11, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced availability of the Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM)/UIM Toolkit (UTK) system software. The R-UIM/UTK solution was delivered to support China United Telecommunications Corporation (China Unicom) handsets designed for R-UIM-based applications on their CDMA network. The R-UIM/ UTK solution supports easy roaming between GSM and CDMA networks and Preferred Roaming List (PRL) downloads using Short Message Service (SMS), which will allow operators to update terminals over the air as roaming agreements evolve. The Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) system solution is compatible with IS-95A/B and CDMA2000 1X Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets operating with smart cards from Gemplus S.A. (Euronext: Sicovam 5768 and Nasdaq: GEMP) and SchlumbergerSema, a business segment of Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB).
"The R-UIM/UTK system solution meets the roaming and SMS-based PRL download requirements for China Unicom's CDMA commercial network and planned services," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Close cooperation with our system partners and their development teams was required to ensure that the development and testing of the complete solution was completed on schedule."
"The R-UIM/UTK capability provides China Unicom with the ability to manage global roaming and remotely upgrade our subscribers with a growing number of competitive services across CDMA and GSM networks," said Zhang Fan, general manager of China Unicom's Mobile Communication Department. "The R-UIM/UTK software for our CDMA terminals and SMS downloads meets a fundamental requirement that will allow China Unicom to leverage subscriber growth and roaming partnerships as our CDMA network deployment expands."
"By implementing UTK in the GemXplore World range of smart cards, we are helping China Unicom enhance their end-user relationships by enabling user-friendly, value-added services," said Frédéric Vasnier, vice president of marketing, cards&tools, Gemplus. "We look forward to continuing our engineering collaboration with QCT to enhance R-UIM/UTK capabilities in the future."
"SchlumbergerSema is proud to extend the system solution capabilities of the Simera Airflex family of R-UIM cards with QCT's R-UIM/UTK software and MSM products," said Xavier Chanay, vice president, Mobile Communications Products at SchlumbergerSema. "Our longtime relationship with QCT as well as our best-in-class smart card technology enabled us to accompany their RUIM/UTK solution rollout. Our development teams have demonstrated how key operator requirements can be anticipated and tested to address the quick time-to-market goals that mobile network operators such as China Unicom demand of their technology providers."
The addition of UTK system software to R-UIM capabilities enables R-UIM card-based SMS applications that interact with wireless handsets and the network to provide value-added services. Compliant with the R-UIM specifications outlined for the CDMA terminal and network requirements of China Unicom, China's second-largest state-owned telecommunications company, the R-UIM/UTK system software has been successfully field tested in China in January 2002 with production R-UIM/UTK cards from Gemplus (GemXplore World™ family) and SchlumbergerSema (Simera Airflex™). The R-UIM/UTK solution is currently supported for IS-95A/B on QCT's MSM3000™ and MSM3100™ chipsets, and for CDMA2000 1X on the MSM5105™ chipset. Support for the MSM5100™ and MSM5500™ chipsets as well as the MSM6xxx family of chipsets is expected in the near future.
China Unicom is the second leading telecommunications carrier in the market with approximately 30 million subscribers. China's population totals approximately 1.3 billion, with an average of 25.3 wireline and wireless phones per 100 people (Source: Ministry of Information Industries). China Unicom will be providing CDMA services to more than 350 cities, penetrating up to 75 percent of China's total population.
GEMPLUS: the world's number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart Cards Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people's lives. These include mobile Internet access, interoperable banking facilities, e-commerce and a wealth of other applications. Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation. Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the Nasdaq Stock Market™ as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2000 was 1.205 billion Euros. Gemplus: www.gemplus.com
SchlumbergerSema is a leading information technology services company providing consulting, systems integration, managed services and products to the telecommunications, energy and utilities, finance, transport and public sector markets. With more than 30,000 employees serving customers in 65 countries, SchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger Limited, a global technology services company. For more information about SchlumbergerSema, visit http://www.slb.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW™) applications platform; QChat™ push-to-talk technology; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress®. Qualcomm owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 2001 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.